From: ACTSNYC**At_Symbol_Here**CS.COM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Plastic Container Safety Practices
Date: April 27, 2012 9:59:36 PM EDT
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Somehow everyone seems to be missing the poor man's point in asking the question.  He wasn't just talking about incompatibility between the plastic and various materials.  He was asking about the plastic just plain degrading with time.  I don't know any good studies on that. 

Most of the biodegradable plastics will degrade.  Some degrade within a couple of years.  Buy bleach and wait a few years and the bottle will first get kind of yellowish and clearish.  About 5 years and it will leak and fall apart. I'm the unfortunate recipient of that particular phenomenon.

The manufacturer puts the bleach in the right container for the material.  But the container has a time limit.  Besides, you'll sell more bleach.

So look for the triangle that indicates biodegradability and you know there is a time limit.  Hopefully, these containers are not used for commercial chemicals.


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